Shellharbour City Art Society staged its first exhibition in Wollongong last weekend at the Old Wollongong Court House.
It featured the work of many local artists, such as Kathy Karas, who said Shellharbour's first art society was fulfilling a long held need.
"I know there are so many artists who have had to go further afield to Wollongong, Kiama and other art societies and exhibit outside our own area but who would like to be more involved in what is going on here," she said.
"Now we have a home base in the Shellharbour area."
Jeanette Riley said the Shellharbour City Arts Society only began 14 months ago.
"We started off with a group of five ladies and it has built to a membership of over 30 people now and still growing," she said.
"We are a dynamic group of people.
"Now we are doing community art projects as well with Shellharbour City Council and we have also just been given approval for Art in the Park once a month [on the second Saturday] on the Lake Illawarra foreshore."
The Shellharbour City Art Society will do two exhibitions a year at the Old Wollongong Court House but the next exhibition will be at the old Kiama Fire Station from February 11 to 17.
There will be a membership drive in Shellharbour on Australia Day to help the community find out more about the society.
Further details at facebook.com/ ShellharbourCityArtSociety.
"We are also looking at developing the old dairy co-op in Creamery Road into an art precinct," Mrs Riley said.